Board books and simple picture books are a great way to spark conversation and provide opportunity to explore and expand your toddler's world. Reading simple picture books together gives a great introduction to story narrative and characters, rhyme and repetition. Board books are robust and allow your child to spend time ‘reading’ on their own. You might see them turning pages and making up stories by interpreting the pictures. 

We have chosen some of our favourite books for toddlers below. Just select a title to make a reservation. You can also come into the library and ask staff for assistance.

For more reading advice, events and services for toddlers 1 to 3 years old, please visit our Literacy for toddlers 1 to 3 years information page.  

Recommended books for toddlers 1 to 3 years

Grandpa and Thomas by Pamela Allen
Shapes of Australia and Colours of Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft 
Shapes and colours by John Canty
Where is the green sheep? and Time for bed by Mem Fox
Red house, blue house, green house, tree house by Jane Godwin 
Goodnight, everyone by Chris Haughton 
Counting Aussie animals in my backyard by Bronwyn Houston
Ella May does it her way by Mick Jackson 
Bird and Bear and the special day by Ann James 
Alison Lester’s ABC and Tricky’s bad day by Alison Lester
Little bird’s day and I love me by Sally Morgan
The kindness book by Todd Parr
Dinosaur roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland 
Pink by Margaret Wild

Visit the Toddler 1 to 3 years page on the Boroondara Families hub for more information and services. 

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